La Stoppa
Ageno - 2017
8.00 / 10

White Still, Semy dry
La Stoppa
Italy, Vino (IT)
Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Ortrugo, Trebbiano
980 UAH

This wine is named after the founder of La Stoppa, lawyer Ageno, who was the first to believe and give value the great potential of this area. Obtained after a long spontaneous maceration from grapes of this hot and low yielding land. A person responsible for production is Giulio Armani.

  • First Production: 2002
  • Agriculture: Organic, natural green cover between the rows. No fertilizing, weed killers or pesticides
  • Soil Type: Clay Silt
  • Trellis System: Simple Guyot
  • Age of vines: 20 years
  • Density: 6000 plants per hectare
  • Vinification: 4 months maceration on skins in stainless steel and/or cement tanks
  • Fermentation and aging: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, aged in 40 hectolitre wooden tanks and in bottle for a time necessary, no filtration or sulphites added
  • Average production: 15 000 bottles

90% Malvasia/10% Ortrugo & Trebbiano Toscano. The varieties are co-planted and the vines average 30 years of age. The fruit is co-harvested, destemmed and fermented with native yeasts in tank. Maceration with the skins lasts around 4 months (warmer vintages usually entail a shorter time on the skins and the cooler ones a longer stretch). Malolactic fermentation normally occurs. In the spring the wine is racked into botti and aged for at least a year, followed by 2 or more years in bottle before release. There is no sulfur added at any point to this wine. The vintages are not necessarily released in sequence: for example, the 2017 has been released (fall 2020) ahead of the 2016. 2017 is also the first year of a new label design as well as Vino Bianco rather than IGT status. The name “Ageno” is in homage to the original owner of the estate, Giancarlo Ageno.



La Stoppa is a legendary historic estate that was founded in 19th century by a lawyer named Giancarlo Ageno. Initially focused on Bordeaux varieties, nowadays its vineyards are occupied by local Barbera, Bonarda and Malvasia. Elena Pantaleoni, current owner of the estate, works closely with famous enologist Giulio Armani (that has his own side project called Denavolo) to craft wines expressive of place and grape. They are advocates of minimal intervention along with usage of huge Slavonian oak botti and used French barriques. Also they are farming organically since 1990’s and in 2008 they even acquired proper certification.


2020-10-12 - 8.00

4.0 Really happy to taste new release of Ageno. Lots of ripe apricot, even apricot jam, ripe pear, dill, subtle hints of acetone, spices. In addition to new label and losing IGT it also got much more residual sugar, this is the first thing you notice when you taste it. Apricot jam in a liquid state. But then a powerful wave of rough tannins washes away sweetness, leaving you on a flavourful dry land. Nice, relatively young, easy to drink.